Memorial Day is drawing ever closer, and while most New Yorkers are looking forward to taking a day off from work and spending an enjoyable time with friends and family, the reality is that the holiday weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year for accidents.
DWI accidents are common
The U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated that statistically Memorial Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for road fatalities. With all the outdoor festivals, open patios and backyard barbecues, people all over New York will be drinking, and unfortunately, many of them will attempt to drive home afterward.
What can you do? The best solution is to stay off the streets and highways as much as possible. Celebrate at home or walk to a nearby bar or restaurant. If you have no choice but to drive somewhere, then watch for erratic drivers and avoid them.
Drowning accidents are more likely
Water safety is another major Memorial Day weekend hazard. Whether you’re celebrating at your neighbor’s poolside or heading to Orchard Beach for a picnic and volleyball game with the family, a moment’s lapse in attention can result in a small child falling into the water and drowning. These types of accidents can be avoided by ensuring that children are supervised at all times.
If you own a cottage upstate and intend to spend the day out on the lake, then refrain from drinking and boating. Before heading out, make sure that the boat has enough life jackets for everyone aboard and is in good condition overall.
Playground injuries spike
When the weather is warmer, children flock to playgrounds to enjoy the slides, monkey bars, and swing sets. When equipment is poorly maintained or not regularly inspected for defects, the result can be bruises, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injury. If you accompany your kids to the park and the equipment appears to be in questionable condition, take them elsewhere.
Amusement park accidents start
Many amusement parks open for the season during the Memorial Day weekend. Coney Island, Adventureland, Rye Playland, and other parks frequently hire summer help, and not all of these seasonal employees may be comfortable or competent in important duties such as strapping children in for rides. If you suspect that your child is not safely buckled in their seats or the ride is being operated in an unsafe manner, then remove the child from the situation and report it to park management.
Sometimes accidents happen despite our best efforts, so if you or someone you love is injured in a holiday-related accident, contact a New York personal injury attorney who will hold the negligent parties accountable for the pain and suffering they caused. If you were injured, then contact the law offices of Jayson Lutzky, PC at 718-329-9500. Mr. Lutzky offers free in-person initial consultations. In the case of severe injuries, home and hospital visits may be available. Mr. Lutzky is a Bronx accident attorney with over 35 years of legal experience.